A conservative Christian group calling itself One Million Moms is up in arms about DC Comics’ decision to reveal that one of its well-known characters is gay. The organization is demanding the publisher reverse its decision, because if Superman wants to kiss men, so will your son. —ARK
“Children desire to be just like superheroes. Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, ‘I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?’” says the organisation. “This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitise and brainwash them into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin.”
Members are writing to DC Comics and Marvel to ask them “to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately”. Whether the move will have the effect that the mothers desire remains to be seen: following One Million Moms’ campaign to stop Toys R Us selling the Archie comic, which featured the marriage of Kevin Keller, the series’ first gay character, the issue sold out.